• We include an infrared thermal inspection for free

    What is Infrared (IR) Thermal Technology?

    Infrared thermal technology uses a special camera that shows temperature changes in objects by detecting their infrared radiation (IR) which is invisible to the human eye. For use in home inspections, the photos are shown as easy-to-see gradient colour changes, making it easier to detect anomalies, analyze their patterns, and document potential issues in the home. 

    X-rays, gamma rays, ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and radio waves are all forms of electromagnetic energy. As shown below by the sine wave, the main difference between them is the frequency of each. The higher the frequency, the more energy it has. The diagram below is called the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared is on the “safer” side of the spectrum, so unlike gamma rays with a much higher frequency, infrared is safe for people.

    What we see compared to home inspectors who don't use IR thermal cameras.

    Sample Photo 1:

    Here is a photo of an exterior vent for the dryer. During winter, we can see cold air leaking into the laundry room via an uninsulated area surrounding the duct exit. The laundry room in the winter is very cold, so we can identify areas that should be fixed to solve this problem.


    Sample Photo 2:

    Electrical panel. We can reveal any hotspot in the panel, overheating of wires, or potential arcing. For electrical IR thermal inspections, we note actual temperatures to seek potential overheating of wires, since we know that wires have temperature limits for safety.


    Sample Photo 3:

    These photos (taken in winter) are at the front of a house with cold sections around the front door. We can see the extent of cold air intrusion around exterior doors. We also find an anomaly in the wall area. Is that from the lack of insulation, or is it a wet area? We cannot know for sure from the IR thermal photos themselves.


    Any suspected anomaly that is potentially a moisture issue is always confirmed by a moisture meter. Here, we test the area with a pinless moisture meter and see elevated levels of moisture in the area, and we have our answer.

  • Introductory Guide to Infrared Thermal Home Inspections.

  • While I'm Here, Hire Me to Perform an Infrared Certified® Inspection

  • Why is this important in a home inspection?

    Energy Efficiency:
    An IR thermal inspection can reveal things you cannot see, such as heat loss or cold air intrusion. It can show a lack of a seal around windows/doors or a lack of insulation in the wall cavity. Thus, it can reveal potential energy efficiency problems in a home. In HVAC, it can show possible leaks in ducks, vents, or pipes.

    Water penetration can have destructive effects on a home (from structure to mould), so finding moisture issues behind your walls, ceilings, or floors can help stop issues before they become a more expensive concern. The basement, attic, HVAC, bathrooms, and laundry area are all areas where an IR inspection can help reveal issues.

    IR thermal inspections on electrical systems can find possible issues of wire overheating, arcing, or loose connections before they start a fire. Here, we use temperature changes (called Delta T) and actual temperature readings to determine issues.


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